Justice Breyer Cites Professor Larson in Gun-Rights Case Dissent

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer cited Professor Carlton F.W. Larson in his dissent in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen.

On June 23, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down a New York law that placed strict limits on carrying guns outside the home. In his dissent, Breyer cited Larson’s 2009 Hastings Law Journal article “Four Exceptions in Search of a Theory: District of Columbia v. Heller and Judicial Ipse Dixit.”

Breyer retired June 30 after 28 years on the Supreme Court.

Carlton Larson's research interests focus on constitutional law and legal history. One of the nation’s leading authorities on the law of treason, Professor Larson is the author of the ABA Silver Gavel Award finalist books The Trials of Allegiance: Treason, Juries, and the American Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2019) and On Treason: A Citizen’s Guide to the Law (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2020).

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